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Did you know.....
American women are 4 times more likely to die from Addiction related illness than they are from breast cancer?. 
Brandeis University, 1993

Addiction FACTS

High Risk for Alcohol Problems.
Family History &

The development of alcohol use problems, including alcoholism, is influenced by multiple genes (i.e., what we inherit), the environment (i.e., where and how we live), and interactions between the two.
NIAAA Alcohol Alert NO.48, 7/2000

Economic Report-Problem Drinkers, Underage
consumption---Good customers for the Alcohol Industry

Family History of Alcoholism?
There are an estimated 26.8 million children of alcoholics in the United States,
source: ACOA

American women are 4 times more likely to die from Addiction related illness than they are from breast cancer?
Brandeis University, 1993

Prison Women and Cycle of Addiction
Approximately 516,200 women on probation (72% of the total), 44,700 women in local jails (70% of the total), 49,200 women in State prisons (65% of the total), and 5,400 women in Federal prisons (59% of the total) have minor children.

Greenfield, Lawrence A., and Snell, Tracy L., US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Women Offenders (Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, December 1999), p. 7, Table 17.

How we began,  HopeNetworks, founded in Louisiana,  as a result of a woman who  faced great adversity, another statistic is what she and her children could have been, and statistically should have been, but something made a difference, people who cared enough networked together to support her, and today she is developing support systems for communities to do the same!

Always Hope...................
Join us today, and be a part network of hope and healing.  If you are looking for information on Advocacy in Recovery, please make sure you sign up at, a project grown from the reality experienced by many "In Recovery" collaborating in HopeNetworks.  WeRecover is focused on education and action for individuals, and groups, and family focused solely centered in advocacy and education for and by those in Recovery!





A message from our founder Samantha-Hope Atkins  With more than 14 years of recovery, my greatest hope is working with other like minded people and organizations, to bring a path of hope to millions in need.  Louisiana has one of the nation's highest rates of poverty, incarceration, and illiteracy in the nation. Social ills we know directly correlate to the neglect of addiction related illness, and the overwhelming need for comprehensive solutions. We hope to  serve as a model for other states considering the staggering effect that alcoholism, and other drug addictions have had on our states health and safety.   Our culture is unique, and although there are extraordinary problems facing our communities, there are too extraordinary people to work towards the solution. This is true across the country, and uniting our common purpose with individual actions, we become the solution. 

Information, education, awareness,
progressive initiatives will allow us to move forward together. I have great hope for my own children, and others, I believe we must take action now for their future.
A tenacious desire to see that  today's hurt will not be theirs in the years to come, brings the  need to  work together to heal the issues destroying our communities.  Too many are unaware of the root cause, seeing only the consequences and facing the issue only to address the "clean up".  Substance Abuse and addiction then cycle generation to generation, and the results have consequences that benefit know one and places costs on everyone. 

Together, we are utilizing technology resources to make the impossible, happen!  We have more opportunity to actually participate in efforts to bring change forward to our communities.  Connecting those across many focus areas,  and providing this information and resource has made all the difference.

We are driven as a network to be a catalyst to change, to offer hope for those suffering and impacted by abuse and addiction.  The good news is with almost no resource, our ever-growing  network of supportive members are taking action!  Technology provides us today, with a new way to connect, mobilize, and work together to improve our communities.
Make sure you sign up today to stay connected and get our regular e-mails!
More on our work together.....

32 medical detox beds were to be cut, our actions help save those beds- while we continue to work for positive change. see this action alert.

Samantha-Hope Atkins,  "Volvo For Life" awards/stories.

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WeRecover Foundation
Celebrates Recovery

2003 HopeNetworks Rally for Recovery!!

Video Loophole in LA drinking age law, testimony  may take up to 5min to begin in your windows media player--

Public Service Announcements for Louisiana Recovery Day, SoberJam

Addiction is a Brain disease

Recovering Parents, our children and risks related to poor  alcohol warning labels

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"A child who reaches age 21 without smoking, abusing alcohol or using drugs is virtually certain never to do so."- Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA very instrumental in supporting real policy that is effective

Alcoholism can be treated and people do recover. Alcoholism treatment programs use both counseling and medications to help a person stop drinking. Most alcoholics need help to recover from their disease. With support and treatment, many people are able to stop drinking and rebuild their lives.


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